People affected by chronic pulmonary disease know how hard it can be to perform their everyday activities. Just climbing the stairs, making the bed, working in the yard, or participating in family activities can leave you struggling to breathe and feeling helpless. If this sounds like you or someone you know, the Outpatient Pulmonary Program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center may be able to help.
The New Hope Program
The New Hope Program is a multifaceted program designed to improve the quality of life for patients suffering with chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, or other debilitating lung diseases. Services are designed to help with:
- Self-management of lung disease
- Improvement of strength and endurance
- Building self-confidence
- Developing knowledge
How to Participate
The New Hope Program is open to outpatients by physician referral. Prior to starting the program, the patient has an initial assessment including a medical history, physical examination, laboratory testing, and pulmonary function studies. Each person will also need to have a cardiopulmonary exercise stress test performed with a pulmonologist in attendance. Tests done within the past six months may not need to be repeated.
For more information, call 910.343.2543.